Environmental Planning Tool and Optional Policy & Vision Statement Generator
V. RECYCLING AND POLLUTION REDUCTION IN OUR WORKPLACE AND COMMUNITY
[ORGANIZATION NAME]’s policies and initiatives in this area are guided by the Three Rs: "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle." With this in mind, we seek an efficient and environmentally sensible workplace, reduce our entrprise-wide eco-footprint, and promote environmental stewardship in our community. Toward this principle, [If applicable to the goals and/or nature of your business, please select one or more of the following options.]
A. We Reduce & Reuse in the Workplace
Where possible and practical, we buy office papers, packing and packaging materials made from recycled materials with post-consumer content.
We use recyclable materials and materials that don’t hinder the recycling process.
We integrate the use of electronic communications (e-mail, Web and intranet) for external and internal communications, understanding electronic communication also has environmental impacts that can and should be managed and mitigated.
We use recycled paper with post-consumer content where feasible for internal company print communications.
We make primary use of two-sided printing and photocopying where appropriate.
We develop online systems for reports, projects and monitoring to reduce paper consumption.
We reuse file folders, hanging folders and binders where appropriate.
We plan for “end-of-life” design in our communications and products, to encourage landfill diversion, recycling collection and reuse when and where appropriate.
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B. We Deploy Recycling in Our Workplace
We investigate energy, water, material usage and waste management procedures, practices, and patterns and set internal goals to reduce, reuse and recycle, and establish programs to measure internal savings in waste, energy and costs.
We implement in-house recycling programs for (please check all that apply):
Beverage cans and bottles
Printing ink and toner cartridges
Personal and laptop computers
Other materials such as (please specify: )
Advancing our recycling policies and/or initiatives
Suggesting creative or innovative environmental solutions
Implementing other initiatives such as (please specify: )
Increased recycled procurement
Other environmental goals such as (please specify: )
C. We Promote/Advance Recycling in Our Community
We educate customers by advising them about what is or is not recyclable among materials we present to them, and, if available, where to recycle materials.
We use the recyclable symbol to identify paper and paperboard products made from fibers that, after use, are suitable for recycling. [Note: The Federal Trade Commission now has stated that labeling mail communications as ¿recyclable¿ is permitted since enough municipalities in the country now have local mixed paper recycling collection programs.]
We ensure that all environmental labeling is clear, honest and complete, so that the consumers and business customers may know the exact nature of what is being claimed.
We encourage customers to reuse, return or recycle materials where appropriate.
We provide customers with information about recycling (please check all that apply):
On a package insert.
In a catalog.
In or on these other locations: (please specify: )
D. We Employ Efficient Transportation and Distribution
We implement transportation policies and practices to reduce vehicular emissions, decrease traffic congestion and improve air quality. In support of this principle, (please select from the following list):
See DMA Environmental Resource Guide, "Workplace Source Reduction, Waste Management and Recycling," pages 93-102. http://www.the-dma.org/environmentguide/